Walking the Camino: Update re Travel Enriched Camino Tours 2014 & 2015

Bookings are now closed for the last of our 2014 ‘Camino with a Difference!’ Tours.  Tour T is a 10 day journey that commences in Oporto in early September and finishes in Santiago de Compostela. It includes an optional 3 day extension allowing extra time in Santiago and the opportunity to explore the cultural and scenic beauty of the Finisterre peninsula with local guides.

Colourful ceramics made by local artisans

Colourful ceramics made by local artisans

Street art in a Spanish town centre

Street art in a Spanish town centre

A Roman Amphitheatre in Merida along the Camino Via de la Plata

A Roman Amphitheatre in Merida along the Camino Via de la Plata

Our second September Tour (Tour R, 13 days) has been booked out for over nine months, perhaps an indication that this more comfortable way of being on ancient Camino paths is increasingly in demand. You will see what some of the participants from our April and May tours have said about their Travel Enriched travels, by reading their short testimonials below. Scroll down to see more photos and summaries of those and previous Camino journeys.

On the River Douro

On the River Douro

If you are attracted to the idea of joining us in 2015 there are three possibilities. Tour W and Tour X in June are planned for the European Springtime.  Tour X includes a journal writing component led by Creative Writing professional, Dr. Heather Wearne. The third tour is scheduled in the European Autumn (Tour Y in September). Our experience has shown us that it is wise to book early to secure a place.

It is interesting to note that these tours are attracting groups of friends who want to share the (supported) walking adventure together, perhaps to celebrate a significant birthday / life change or just to ‘escape’ for a little to relax and recreate.  Whatever your motivation, please contact us now and we will be pleased to answer your questions.

A side trip to A Guarda en route to Santiago

A side trip to A Guarda en route to Santiago

Testimonials April and May 2014

‘We would like to thank you for an amazing trip ‘on roads less travelled’. We appreciated the flexibility that you had incorporated into your itinerary with the options of walking more or less each day depending on how we felt, or how many Roman bridges there were to cross!  The country side we walked through will be remembered as some of the prettiest, with the cleanest streams we have ever seen.  The little townships we passed through and the friendly cafés we stopped at with the smiling and often generous staff have helped create lovely memories.  We greatly enjoyed the good food and beautiful accommodation in both Portugal and Spain.  Thanks again Diane and Travel Enriched. Portugal was a real highlight for us and we would like to go back there some day, maybe walk from Lisbon through to Porto which is stated as the start of the Portuguese Camino in Brierley’s guide, or if Travel Enriched wanted to do that leg of the journey we would definitely do that :)’  N&M C. Sydney, NSW. April 2014.

Picture perfect Oporto

Picture perfect Oporto

‘The Portuguese Camino Walk with Tour Leader Diane McDonald of Travel Enriched, was a beautiful walk through interesting historic small Portuguese towns and country lanes finishing at Santiago Cathedral in Santiago Spain. The terrain was easy with no long climbs and the organisation was very flexible.  We were able to choose how far we wanted to walk and were able to call a taxi to take us to the next night’s accommodation at various places along the way.  Coming into a town earlier than the more enthusiastic walkers gave us time to explore the town before dinner.

A side chapel in the Catherdral in Santiago de Compostela

A side chapel in the Catherdral in Santiago de Compostela

A village garden in the Portuguese countryside

A village garden in the Portuguese countryside

 

 

 

 

 

Highlights were being taken by bus for a day in Galicia by locals who knew the interesting places to be seen, eating at great local restaurants that we would not have found on our own and the Pilgrim’s Mass at Santiago Cathedral at the end of the walk. Diane and our other guide Christine were always helpful and the accommodation excellent and varied’. JC. Melbourne, Vic. April 2014.

‘I want to thank you for an interesting and varied trip through southern Spain and along the Portuguese way. The pre-trip notes were interesting and helpful, the trip notes you gave useful, concise details about towns/places visited and the history briefings provided a snapshot of each area we visited… I thought all the hotels were good. The snapshots along the way were a great way of bringing back memories of our adventures. Nothing was too much trouble for you… you kept your cool and helped solve my ‘passport’ crisis. Thank you so much for all your efforts’.  GR. Melbourne, Vic. June 2014

‘(We are now) back in Australia!  But “enriched”!  Loved the tour and would quite happily turn round and do it again, same leaders… same company! Appreciated so much the true flexible approach’. M&H T. Newcastle, NSW. June 2014.

Enjoying the tranquility along the Camino Portugues

Enjoying the tranquility along the Camino Portugues

‘Thank you for a fabulous experience on the Camino trail. It was very well organised and the historic detail and good company were a real bonus’.  LC. Melbourne, Vic. May 2014.

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